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Identifying dogs at risk of BOAS

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Gilbert McKnight, BOAS specialist in Northern Ireland, one of the vets who will be training assessors

Nick Saffell

By Emma Boxer

A new health screening scheme to assess the severity of brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) in pugs, French bulldogs and bulldogs was launched last week by the University of Cambridge and the Kennel Club.

The scheme involves listening to a dog’s airway both before and after an exercise tolerance test to assess respiratory function.

Dogs can be graded from 0 to 3 – grade 0 means there are no signs of BOAS, grade 1 mild signs, grade 2 …

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